Shimla ranks 65th in Swachh Survekshan 2020, cleanest town in Himachal

In the 2019 survey, Shimla was ranked 128th in the list. No other town in the state figures among the top 100 cleanest cities.
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Updated on Aug 20, 2020 09:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | ByNaresh K Thakur, Dharamshala:

Himachal’s capital city, Shimla, ranked 65th among the 4,242 cities surveyed across the country under the Swachh Survekshan survey, 2020.

It is also the cleanest among the 54 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state, as per the survey the results of which were announced by PM Narendra Modi on Thursday. Among states with less than 100 ULBs, Himachal ranks sixth with a score of 1,124.77. In the 2019 survey, the state was on the 20th position but states had not been categorised as per the number of ULBs.

In the 2019 survey, Shimla was ranked 128th. No other town in the state figures among the top 100 cleanest cities. Indore city retained the first position for the fourth consecutive year.

Shimla, the ‘queen of hills’ scored 3,695.03 marks out of 6,000. Last year, the hill-town had scored 2,689.5 marks out of 5,000. As many as 3,514 citizens participated in the survey. The city has a total population of 1.69 lakh. It performed well in three of the four Swachh components—service level progress (SLP), certification, and citizen feedback. Shimla scored 1,214.87 marks in SLP, a significant improvement compared to 2019 when the city merely scored 478.19 marks. Similarly, the city has progressed in the certification yardstick, scoring 500 points against the previous year’s 25.

In citizen feedback, Shimla scored 1,049.5 marks, a slight improvement against last year’s score of 1,010.3. In the direct observation category, Shimla’s score dipped to 930.64 from 1,176.

The ranking of towns with populations less than 1 lakh has been done zone-wise. Among towns with a population between 25,000-50,000, Nahan got the 147th rank, Solan ranked 159; Mandi 172; Baddi 185; and Paonta Sahib 187 in the north zone. Among towns with a population below 25,000, Manali ranked 477th in the north zone and Palampur 533. Dharamshala attained the 629th position.


Among the 62 cantonments boards surveyed across the country, Jutogh Cantt slipped 15 places to the 18th position from last year’s third rank.

Jutogh scored 2,611 marks compared to 2,796.67 in 2019. It also lost its top position in the state and was replaced by Dalhousie Cantonment that moved to the 9th rank from the 10th position.

Dagshai cantonment ranked third in the state and 44th overall. Himachal has seven cantonment boards.Others being Sabathu (49), Bakloh (51), Kasauli (56) and Yol (58).

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